Visited Ciao for the Easter
Visited Ciao for the Easter brunch. Food was delicious and abundant. Carved prime rib and ham, about 5 different pastas (my favorite : asparagus ravioli), waffles, omelet station, breakfast meats, fresh fruit, mini bite desserts, homemade breads and more. Included mimosas or Italian champagne. Price was very reasonable for upscale all-you-could-eat-and-drink, so found it a bit odd that coffee and soft drinks were extra. Service started out pretty well, but was not good as the meal went on, despite (or perhaps as a result of) the 18% gratuity that was included in the bill. The space is fairly new and isn't very Mediterranean, nor was music. To match the food, service/decor/music need work, but I'd go again for food today!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was good. We received
Food was good. We received complimentary bruschetta which was very good. We enjoyed our visit.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is, in large part, homemade, and authentic Italian. The desserts are to die for. Our server was well versed in ingredients and how dishes were prepared, which helped my guest with food allergies. The amenities need to be improved to match the food. Service is a bit slow, but for a leisurely night, it is comfortable. This is also a popular pre-theater spot, so if you're dining, but not attending the theater, service may be a bit slower. However, as a good restaurant should, our server recognized our wait, and comp'd us dessert. The wine list is small and unimaginative. The decor doesn't really match an Italian restaurant, but maybe changes are planned for the future. I would definitely return.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ciao's was very nice was a
Ciao's was very nice was a great start to the evening and was close to the Morris performing art's ctr where we were to end up great food reasonable or market prices server's were very good I look forward to do it again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again, pasta was superb. Served steaming hot.
The restaurant was uncomfortably cold Saturday night. It was unusually cold outside, but we were not seated anywhere near the doorway.
Service was great until time to pay the bill. Our server got busy & we waited for bill to arrive. Jen was otherwise very good.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Within walking distance toTheatre
Food was good, lot of people providing table service and support. Did not realize that it was ND graduation weekend,
So the restaurant had a limited menu different from their posted menu. Great desserts just the right amount.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The ambience, service and food were wonderful. The homemade artichoke ravioli with leek cream sauce was delicious beyond words, and the lasagna bolonese was better than anywhere else....and the dolci were also excellent!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was Perfection!
Wow. This food was to die for, and our waitress was awesome! We had a reservation for 730 but we were early and got right in and sat in the bar! The atmosphere was a little quieter than im used to but the decor was very unique and classy! Make sure to ask about dessert those pastries are oh so good!! We will definitely make a trip back!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as Always
The pheasant tortelli are spectacular, and everything else is very tasty as well. The waitstaff and the owner are extremely friendly, but not overbearing. Go eat there, you will love it.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique Italian restaurant
The food is superb. The owner created a special menu for Restaurant week and it was out of this world. I had the tuna with a peppermint coated crust, basil topped rice and sautéed vegetables. Anyone can sauté vegetables but the flavors in these were wonderful. My husband and a friend had Adele's prize winning stuffed pork. Her cookies and desserts are delicious, particularly the biscotti, which we buy in quantity to take with us. She makes them all herself. We eat at Ciao's whenever we are in town. The restaurant is beautifully decorated as well.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family ate at Ciao's on
My family ate at Ciao's on my birthday in late June. We were offered some very tasty bruschetta, along with bread, dipping oil and olive salad. The dipping oil was scant, I should have asked for more, and the olive salad was vinegary for my taste. I found the menu comprehensive, but my wife would have liked more seafood options. We chose the puttanesca, the mussels and the rib eye. Our toddler couldn't find anything she liked, so the staff invented a dish for her: a luxurious, delicious "macaroni and cheese." My Caesar salad was conventional, the dressing just right. The Puttanesca was all I hoped it would be, and the Sangiovese worked well with it. The rib eye was great. The downside: not enough selection for wine by the glass
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time we have eaten here. We will be back. Excellent food, even the kids finished their plates. The vegetable ravioli was great, definite will get that again.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian in South Bend!
Excellent traditional home-cooked Italian food with excellent service. Great pianist as well.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
From rack of lamb to linguine with Manila clams to fabulous pastry, this place does it right!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great find! Really awesome food. Excellent Italian and great innovative menu. The pheasant ravioli - WOW! Everything really tops!
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was my first time at Ciao's Lounge. I would defiantly recommend it to all my friends. The food, service, and atmosphere was fantastic! I took my girlfriend for our anniversary and she loved it. The waitress was a big help. I will defiantly be coming back.
I would also recommend the Chicken Parmesan. It was excellent!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasant atmosphere where
Pleasant atmosphere where you are not rushed. Food is always freshly prepared and accommodations are readily made. We like to stop in every time we visit SB.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ciao's Lounge is a perfect downtown South Bend setting for a memorable dinner. Everything is top notch...and reasonable priced!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and delicious!
A very lovely evening! The service was prompt and the ambiance stunning! I would highly recommend the quail ttortellini! The pasteries were melt in your mouth surprises.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a birthday dinner for my mother and she loved it!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM